For the last two years, I have been a part of an amazing group of people who I am proud to call my fellow staff members. I didn’t ever think in a million years that this class, or the people in it, would significantly impact my life.
When I first discovered Blue Jay Journal TV, it intimidated me. I wasn’t really someone who liked to be the center of attention, but I took a chance. I knew that putting myself out there in front of the whole school and community would come with a lot of consequences, but I desired to share other people’s stories more than I feared being noticed.
This class has presented me with an abundance of opportunities to further my skills and grow. I have been so grateful to win awards and even money for different contests I have entered, and I even landed an internship at the Washington Missourian newspaper because of this class. I could not be more thankful to have this opportunity because I realize not many students can say the same.
However, I believe I’ve gained a lot more from this class than just skills.
Blue Jay Journal TV is a second home for me. I am able to do something I love and want to pursue as a career. It allows me to take time out of my day to do something I genuinely enjoy. Plus, I get to meet wonderful people from my school and community. The people I have met from this class have greatly influenced my life, and I have gained so much respect for each one of them.
Journalism has greatly impacted my character. Connecting with people in my community has allowed me to perceive the world through a more empathetic lens. Every person has their own story, and it’s my job to tell those stories in the best manner possible. Each story and interview offers me a new perspective that I can learn from and use to develop my storytelling and character as a journalist.
Journalism is an art—an art that opens the public up to a new world. It goes beyond just writing stories. It primarily focuses on the actions of listening and responding, and BJJTV has shown me that. Looking back, it's hard to believe that I once was intimidated by something that I have grown to love and value deeply. I always know I will have my BJJTV family supporting me no matter where life takes me.
~ Kate Freitag